Did you march this weekend? I sadly wasn’t able to be at one of the many Women’s Marches which took place in cities large and small on Saturday, but I’ve been completely absorbed in and inspired by the signs, speeches, sentiments, and strength of women and our allies being shared online.
What a difference a year makes…
Since the inaugural Women’s March on January 20, 2016, it’s been a time of revelation, uncertainty, and heartbreak — but also one of growth, empowerment, and community.
Even the organizers of the original march could never have anticipated that from our outrage the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements would be born, evolve, and bust open truths held by women around the world. Our voices united have shaken up a millennia of abuse by a culture of patriarchy and toxic masculinity — and there is no going back.
Of course, it’s not enough to simply march. Come November, it will be time to vote again; it will be time to show the President of the United States that women, children, immigrants, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and every person whose intersectional life is held even more precariously in the hands of Republican cronies will no longer be used as bargaining chips for white men’s greed. We will no longer be silent about the abuse of our bodies and our lives.
Every woman in this together — whether the majority of them realize it or not. Those of us fighting so that every woman can walk and work in this world with equity and representation, and without fear of harassment, assault, or discrimination do so for all of womankind; our success means a better world for every girl, and I reckon every boy too.
Now more than ever, with women of immeasurable bravery speaking up for themselves and those who have yet to find their voices, I stand in awe of our power, strengthened by their resolve.
Today, and always, I stand with the women of this world. And despite the dire straits in which we have found ourselves in this country, I see hope; I choose hope.
Psst… Registered to vote? If not, you can do so here. Please also consider donating to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund (supporting “women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers”) and Girls For Gender Equity (supporting education and enrichment for young people of color and also those affected by sexual violence — led by #MeToo founder, Tarana Burke).